Legal news from Tuesday, June 3, 2008
14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A proposed UK anti-terror bill [materials; BBC Q/A] that would allow authorities to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days [JURIST news archive] has been amended to only apply in cases of "grave and exceptional" terrorist threats, UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said [BBC Radio 4 [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The recent dismissal [JURIST report] of the US military judge presiding over the military commission trial of Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] was not politically motivated, chief Guantanamo judge Marine Col. Ralph H. Kohlmann said Monday. Kohlman said that Col. Peter Brownback was removed [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] released a statement [text] Tuesday asserting that Israeli plans to expand settlements in the West Bank violate international law. The statement was delivered by Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Max Gaylard at the opening of the UN International Meeting [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor [official website] released a report [materials; press conference recorded video] Tuesday emphasizing the essential nature of the rule of law in eliminating poverty. The report's findings indicated that a vast majority of the world's poor live outside the protections of [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Last month's constitutional referendum [JURIST report] in Myanmar approving a new national charter put forward by the military has effectively "washed away" any mandate to govern claimed by opposition party National League for Democracy (NLD), state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar [media website] said Tuesday. The NLD, led by [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Tuesday called on China to release the remaining imprisoned Tiananmen Square [BBC backgrounder] protesters as part of a wider effort to improve the nation's human rights image before the 2008 Olympic Games. HRW urged [press release] the government to reverse its official 1989 [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal [official website] Monday heard an Islamic advocacy group's allegations that a 2006 article published in Canadian news magazine Maclean's [media website] discriminated against Muslims. Mohamed Elmasry and Naiyer Habib, members of the Canadian Islamic Conference (CIC) [organization website], allege that the article, written [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Voters in two rural Bolivian states Sunday voted in favor of autonomy measures [ABI provisional poll results, in Spanish; IPS report] that would allow the provincial governments to form legislatures, gather police forces and become more independent of national control. Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] characterized [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) [party websites] leaders said Tuesday that it will likely take months for parliament to pass a proposed constitutional amendment package [JURIST report] that would restore the judiciary deposed by President Musharraf and limit executive powers. Some top Pakistani lawmakers expressed [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile] Monday encouraged the Russian parliament to reject a bill that would allow officials to close media outlets suspected of spreading libel or slander. The measure, which passed the parliament's first reading [St. Petersburg Times report] by an overwhelming majority on April 25, would [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A California ballot initiative that would amend the state constitution [text] to ban same-sex marriage is set to appear on the November ballot, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen [official website] said Monday. If approved by voters, the California Marriage Protection Act [ballot materials, PDF; proposition website] would amend [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese official has dismissed a new US report on the state of Chinese human rights, calling it incorrect and groundless [official statement]. Findings in the US Department of State's 2008 Advancing Freedom and Democracy Reports [text], released late last month, accuse the Chinese government of denying its citizens [read more]

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